5 Classic Rap Albums You Must Own

I’m sure plenty of quality wrap music has been produced in the last decade or so, but I’m still stuck in the 90s.  Here are (in no particular order) 5 Classic Rap Albums You Must Own!


Bacdafucup – Onyx

My personal favorite rap album of all time and one of the best produced albums you’ll ever hear, Bacdafucup is 18 tracks of awesome sauce that does not quit.  “Throw Ya Gunz,” “Slam,” “Stik ‘N’ Muve,” “Shifftee,” and “Phat (‘N’ All Dat)” are my picks, but really, there are no bad tracks on this album.  The production is so awesome on this album that it defies words – you simply have to hear it.  However, stay away from YouTube so you can avoid the PG version of “Da Nex Niguz,” which I wish someone would have talked Onyx out of.  Buy this album!


The Chronic – Dr. Dre

The Doctor is in!  “Let Me Ride,” “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” “Deeez Nuuuts,” “Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat,” and the amazing skit “The $20 Sack Pyramid” are just a few of the tracks on this album that kick serious ass.  The entire album is super smooth and still fun to listen to.


Doggystyle – Snoop Dogg

The Yang to The Chronic’s Ying, Doggystyle is the true coming of the Dogfather.  Snoop is one of those guys who is not only talented, but blessed with an amazing voice – I’d listen to this guy read the fine print of my car insurance.  “Gin and Juice,”  “Lodi Dodi,” “”Murder Was the Case,” and “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” are just a few of the amazing tracks on Snoop Dogg’s first album.


Enter The Wu-Tang – Wu-Tang Clan

First of all, Wu-Tang Clan is about the best name for a musical group anyone has ever come up with.  I know, I know, it’s a reference to the 1978 film The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, but it’s still great.  “Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing ta Fuck Wit,” “C.R.E.A.M.,” “Method Man,” and “Shame on a Nigga” are all amazing tracks.  “C.R.E.A.M.” is practically religious doctrine for me – I will debate my stance that this is one of the most important songs of the decade all night long with anyone who agrees, just so it can be clear how great this song is – so imagine how I react if you disagree.


Black Sunday – Cypress Hill

It might be a bit front loaded, but Black Sunday is pretty great.  “I Wanna Get High,” “I Ain’t Goin’ out Like That” and “Insane in the Brain” are all classics.  Cypress Hill avoided the sophomore slump in a big way.

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Posted on January 5, 2012, in lists, music review and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. not sure if Nas’ first album is on this level, but that’s a great album, too… and 20 years old – crazy!

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